In preparation for the implementation of the K-12 program of the Department of Education, Western Mindanao State University has recently signed a joint declaration of partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Friday, Feburary 14 at the WMSU College of Home Economics.
Through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by both parties, WMSU’s College of Home Economics will then be the center of assessment for Food Processing by TESDA since there is no other venue for the mentioned assessment in Zamboanga City. WMSU and TESDA shall therefore share the resources, facilities and technical personnel of both parties. This will benefit the faculty members of the College of Home Economics since a national certification by TESDA is required for the instructors to be K-12 ready in 2016.
The signatories for the MOA signing were WMSU President-Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, University and Board Secretary-Dr. Ricardo Danilo E. Corteza, OIC-Regional Director of TESDA IX, Dir. Lorenzo G. Macapili and OIC of the TESDA Regional Operations Division-Ms. Alma F. Gudmalin.
In his message, TESDA IX Dir. Macapili stated that TESDA is looking forward to more accredited training and assessment centers in the University, starting off with food processing.
Coincidentally, the College of Home Economics, through Dean-Prof. Lucia M. Santos, has also launched three products for commercialization: All-seasons Homemade Ham, Cured Chicken Country Style and WMSU’s version of the European Fruitcake. These products were evaluated by sets of training panelists and product evaluators from different government agencies.
Present in the affair dubbed as “FEBulous event” were members of the WMSU Board of Regents—Private Sector Representative, Hon. Edwin G. To, CHED Regional Director, Dr. Emmylou B. Yanga, and Student Regent, Engr. Aldrin B. Abdurahim; other guests were evaluators from TESDA, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and other stakeholders in the city.
WMSU President, Dr. Ho expressed her gratitude to the partners and supporters of the partnership and stressed the importance of incoming generating activities, through linkages with the business sectors, in reaching out to the underprivileged students of the University. (AJ Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)